District 231 administrators moving forward with attendance center proposal

Vote expected during April board meeting


ROCHELLE — Rochelle School District 231 administrators are moving forward with a proposal to shut down May School after this school year. Board members discussed the proposal to move the district to an attendance center model during their monthly meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent Jason Harper said he and board members discussed commonly asked questions from parents and families regarding a transition from the current neighborhood model, which assigns students to elementary schools based on geographical location. Under the attendance center model, students would attend specific schools based on grade level.

Under the attendance center model, District 231 would assign preschoolers, kindergarteners and first-graders to Lincoln School, second and third-graders to Central School and fourth and fifth-graders to Tilton School. Rochelle Middle School will not be affected by the changes. During a presentation last month, Harper said District 231 would save roughly $200,000 next school year and roughly $300,000 in each of the following school years by closing May School.

Board members will vote on the proposal at next month’s meeting on Tuesday, April 13 at 7 p.m.